Drinking Liberally Sioux Falls Chapter Blog

Tonight, As Always, the "41 TapHouse"

It is even more Official this week than last! Trump is a Russian Spy. Ignoring Russia's invasion of Georgia, Crimea and Ukraine, its meddling in our elections, its assassination of its dissidents around the world, its support for the Assad regime in Syria, and the desire of our allies to stand up to Russian bullying, he will meet with his Russian handler for a private meeting July 16th. Apparently our own Senator Thune, ignoring his own past hand wringing about Russian expansionism, traveled to Russia last week to aid and abet Trump's treason. Like a puppy begging for crumbs from the table, Thune has decided to support Trump's attempt to undermine our military alliance with NATO and destroy the international economic system we painstakingly built following World War II, in exchange for … God knows what. Perhaps Trump promised to build a hotel in Murdo.

As always, we meet at the "TapHouse 41" located just west of Scheels on 41st St. There is plenty of parking, the atmosphere is relaxing, the food is great. Happy hour lasts 'til 6:00. It makes the evening very affordable.

In Trivia News: No one won our Trivia contest last week. This week's Prize increases to $20.00. This may seem like a pittance to the Billionaire Republican Donors and Russian Oligarchs who support Trump and the Republican Party, but we are Democrats and every penny counts. It could all be yours or you could contribute your winnings to a campaign of your choice (including your own).

In Politics: What can we say ! Luckily we are still a Democracy. There will be an election in November and it is imperative that we remember that, despite his bombast, Trump lost the popular vote in 2016. We are not the kind of Country he represents. He is a minority President who only governs because of the complicity of the leadership of the Republican Party. This fall decent people need to stand up and reject the Republican Party and its candidates everywhere. In South Dakota we may not always or even often defeat Republicans ( their advantage in Voter Registration is just too great) but we can sure as hell scare them.

There is not much we can do on a National level, but locally we can do a lot to support Democratic candidates at every level. We need to give them money. We need to talk them up. We need to volunteer our time. And, we need to encourage voters in the middle, those who are too busy with everyday life to pay much attention to the nuances of politics, to reject the Republican Party this year for its failure to stand up to Trump, to his bullying and racism and to his apparent need to execute a Russian agenda counter to our Nation's best interests.

In that regard, note that LEAD will host a fundraiser for District 9 House candidate Toni Miller on July 10th. Here are the details: DATE: Tuesday July 10th
TIME: 5:30-7 pm
PLACE: Vintage Events
5300 N. Ditch Rd
Sioux Falls, SD
57104
***Located off 60th St. North, west of Minnesota Ave, just north of the Airport***

In addition, District 9 will have a meeting on Saturday, July 14 at 11:00 a.m at the Rolling Pin in Sioux Falls to begin a neighborhood canvassing operation to register and educate voters, and eventually Get out the Vote. All are invited to attend.

Until then, join us as we contemplate the task before us.

Here is our link below to this week's summary of national progressive news, political cartoons, and opinion:

http://www.directzine4dems.com/1035.htm

Don't let our name mislead you. We drink conservatively from 5:00 to 5:08, moderately 'til 5:15 and liberally to whenever. But, if you stay for karaoke, you may have stayed too long. And, as the Beer and Alcohol Companies encourage, we always drink responsibly.
Location: The "TapHouse 41", just west of Scheels on 41st St. in Sioux Falls.
When: 5:00 PM (almost) every Friday, Until: Whenever.
Hosts: Sheldon Osborn 376-6852, Mel Thaler, Wyatt Bordewyk, and other progressive people too numerous to mention.

It’s Official ! Trump is a Spy. Meets Russian Handler July 16th.

As always, we meet at the "TapHouse 41" located just west of Scheels on 41st St. There is plenty of parking, the atmosphere is relaxing, the food is great. Happy hour lasts 'til 6:00. It makes the evening very affordable. Join us.

In Trivia News: Tanya won our Trivia Contests $90.00 Grand Prize last week. This week's Prize resets to $10.00 with our weekly contribution. $10.00 may seem like a pittance to the Billionaires in the Republican Party, but for Democrats every penny counts. It could all be yours or you could contribute your winnings to a campaign of your choice (including your own).

In Politics: What can we say ! If Trump wasn't our President, much like Aldrich Ames and the Walker family, he would be immediately arrested as a Russian spy and perk walked in an orange jumpsuit and leg chains to a Federal maximum security prison, never to see the light of day again. And, unlike Ames and the Walkers, who only revealed military secrets and betrayed the names of our agents in Russia, Trump appears to be working in lockstep with Russian President Vladimir Putin to dismantle NATO and breakup the European Union which together have served as pillars of World Peace and Prosperity since World War II. Asked to explain his motivation Trump is quoted as saying, " The world will be much more exciting this way. Don't you think it was getting a little predictable and boring. I want unpredictability. I want excitement. I want chaos. Imagine what my TV ratings would be if the World was like it was before World War I. Through the Roof! Besides, do you understand what it takes to build a hotel in Moscow?"

Meanwhile, Republicans, the same Republicans who could never find a limit on the money needed to counter the Russian military threat, stand quietly by as Trump dismantles the very basis of peace in the World. Some shake their heads and say things like, "He is President ! What are we to do?" In response I suggest they show a spine, if for no other reason than to save our democracy, world peace, and the basis of our economic prosperity. Unfortunately, they do nothing, content with the Tax cuts Trump got for the Oligarchs in the Republican Party.

And then there is the Supreme Court.

I need a Drink.

Don't let our name mislead you. We drink conservatively from 5:00 to 5:08, moderately 'til 5:15 and liberally to whenever. But, if you stay for karaoke, you may have stayed too long. And, as the Beer and Alcohol Companies encourage, we always drink responsibly.
Location: The "TapHouse 41", just west of Scheels on 41st St. in Sioux Falls.
When: 5:00 PM (almost) every Friday, Until: Whenever.
Hosts: Sheldon Osborn 376-6852, Mel Thaler, Wyatt Bordewyk, and other progressive people too numerous to mention.

Tonight, We are Back at the "41 TapHouse"

Enough running around. We bring our weekly gathering back to our permanent home, the "41 Taphouse" and we promise not to roam again. Our gathering starts at 5:00 PM. The "41 Taphouse" is located just west of Scheel's on 41st street. There is plenty of parking, the atmosphere is relaxing, the food is great and Happy hour lasts 'til 6:00 PM, making the evening very affordable. Join us.

In Trivia News: We didn't hold our weekly contest last week as we choose to rub shoulders with Statewide Democrats. Adding our weekly $10.00 contribution to the prize pool brings the Grand Prize to $90.00. It could all be yours or you could contribute your winnings to a campaign of your choice (including your own).

In Politics: Daily, Trump violates the values and traditions that underpin our government, our social order, and our economic prosperity. This week we discovered his pandering to the Racists among us extended to the separation of families, the caging of children, and the pulling of babies from their mother's arms. We have wondered out loud how Republican leaders can tolerate and bow to Trump's behavior but, despite whispers to the contrary, they continue to support and protect him. The Racists among them truly believe in Trump. The cynical think they can use him to acheive their agenda. Others simple cower in fear for their political lives and Trump's Tweeter feed. Together they enable him.

Finally, a prominent Republican, Steve Schmidt, John McCain's Campaign Manager in 2008, has spoken out and decided to leave the Republican Party. I have pieced together his statement from his Tweeter account below. It is worth a read. I encourage you to share it with your Republican and Independent friends.

Steve Schmidt's Statement on leaving the Republican Party:

"29 years and nine months ago I registered to vote and became a member of The Republican Party which was founded in 1854 to oppose slavery and stand for the dignity of human life. Today I renounce my membership in the Republican Party. It is fully the party of Trump. It is corrupt, indecent and immoral. With the exception of a few Governors like Baker, Hogan and Kasich it is filled with feckless cowards who disgrace and dishonor the legacies of the party's greatest leaders.
This child separation policy is connected to the worst abuses of humanity in our history. It is connected by the same evil that separated families during slavery and dislocated tribes and broke up Native American families. It is immoral and must be repudiated.
Our country is in trouble. Our politics are badly broken. The first step to a season of renewal in our land is the absolute and utter repudiation of Trump and his vile enablers in the 2018 election by electing Democratic majorities. I do not say this as an advocate of a progressive agenda. I say it as someone who retains belief in DEMOCRACY and decency. On Ronald Reagan's grave are these words. " I know in my heart that man is good. That what is right will always eventually triumph and there is purpose and worth to each and every life." He would be ashamed of McConnell and Ryan and all the rest while this corrupt government establishes internment camps for babies. Everyone of these complicit leaders will carry this shame through history. Their legacies will be ones of well earned ignominy. They have disgraced their country and brought dishonor to the Party of Lincoln.
I have spent much of my life working in GOP politics. I have always believed that both parties were two of the most important institutions to the advancement of human freedom and dignity in the history of the world. Today the GOP has become a danger to our democracy and values. This Independent voter will be aligned with the only party left in America that stands for what is right and decent and remains fidelitous to our Republic, objective truth, the rule of law and our Allies. That party is the Democratic Party."

I agree with Mr. Schmidt.

We must get out the word. Trump plans to nationalize this election with his message of Racism and divisiveness. I believe many Republicans, even in South Dakota, reject Trump's message of fear and division. We need to help them feel comfortable leaving a Party that has become dysfunctional. They may only join us temporarily but together we can prove to ourselves and to the world that we are not the "Nation of Trump" and that we remain, with a blemish here and there, "The Shining City on the Hill", a place where the rule of law prevails and everyone is welcome.

Here is our link below to this week's summary of national progressive news, political cartoons, and opinion:

http://www.directzine4dems.com/1034.htm

In South Dakota: The Democratic Party held its State Convention last week. It has strong candidates this cycle, especially at the top of the ticket. Perhaps this will be its year to shine. More on the SDDP in future posts.

For now, join us and help us solve the problems of the World.

I'll Drink to that.

And don't let our name mislead you. We drink conservatively from 5:00 to 5:08, moderately 'til 5:15 and liberally to whenever. But, if you stay for karaoke, you may have stayed too long. And, as the Beer and Alcohol Companies encourage, we always drink responsibly.
Location: The "TapHouse 41", just west of Scheels on 41st St. in Sioux Falls.
When: 5:00 PM (almost) every Friday, Until: Whenever.
Hosts: Sheldon Osborn 376-6852, Mel Thaler, Wyatt Bordewyk, and other progressive people too numerous to mention.

Tonight, Temporary Venue Change. Sheraton Lounge. 5 PM

I am back after an enjoyable and relaxing two weeks in Southern California with family (I have pictures) just in time to attend the South Dakota Democratic Party's Convention at the Sioux Falls Convention Center this Friday and Saturday. To accommodate Democrats from around the State who may want to join our merry crew this evening, we are moving (for this week only) our gathering to the Sheraton Lounge which is located a short walk from the Convention Center. Help us welcome visiting Democrats who may want to Drink Liberally tonight.

In Trivia News: Assuming no one won our Trivia contest during my temporary abdication to the Golden State, adding our weekly $10.00 contribution brings this week's Grand Prize to $80.00.
It could all be yours or you could contribute your winnings to a campaign of your choice (including your own).

In Politics: Nationally, it just gets worse. So bad in fact that Nicole Wallace, Republican, former aide to George W. Bush, and current host on MSNBC, openly suggested that, rather than being either a selfish fool or a Russian tool, President Trump might actually be a Russian agent. She suggested that, since he is doing exactly what Russian President Putin would want him to do if he was a Russian agent (sowing discontent in America, flaunting the rule of law, undermining our mutual security alliances around the world, and destroying our trade relationships with our closest neighbors) that perhaps he is exactly what he seems to be.

Fool, tool, or Russian agent, the distinction doesn't matter. Trump is doing great damage to our country and to our standing in the World. Meanwhile, the Republican Party, the party of super patriotism and free-trade, does nothing. Having made their Faustian bargain and reaped its benefits for their wealthy donors, they hope they will not have to pay their debt this November… For the sake of our Country, I hope they do.

Here is our link (you will have to type it in as it doesn't seem to work automatically at the moment) to this week's summary of national progressive news, political cartoons, and opinion:

http://www.directzine4dems.com/1033.htm

In South Dakota: The Primary Election is over and Republicans chose Kristi Noem and Dusty Johnson as their Candidates for Governor and Representative. They will face off against Democratic Candidates Billie Sutton and Tim Bjorkman in the general election. Both Democrats are very good candidates and both will make a good showing for themselves even though Democratic Registration in South Dakota has declined by 14,350 since the November 2016 General Election. Both will start out as prohibitive underdogs and will need all the help they can get. We should all do are part. And perhaps, just perhaps, the South Dakota Democratic Party (SDDP) will get its act together at their convention this weekend and create an organization that can grow the Party and get the vote out for Democratic candidates. With Trump as President and Republicans meekly enabling him, it should be a Democratic year. I hope the SDDP can take advantage of it.

Join our merry crew and help us solve the problems of the World.

I'll Drink to that.

And, don't let our name mislead you. We drink conservatively from 5:00 to 5:08, moderately 'til 5:15 and liberally to whenever. But, if you stay for karaoke, you may have stayed too long. And, as the Beer and Alcohol Companies encourage, we always drink responsibly.
Location: The "TapHouse 41", just west of Scheels on 41st St. in Sioux Falls.
When: 5:00 PM (almost) every Friday, Until: Whenever.
Hosts: Sheldon Osborn 376-6852, Mel Thaler, Wyatt Bordewyk, and other progressive people too numerous to mention.

Special Notice: Change of Venue, We meet at the Sheraton, This week only.

The South Dakota Democratic Party (SDDP) is holding their State Convention and Banquet (VIP reception 6 PM, Banquet 7 PM Friday) at the Sioux Falls Convention Center. The Convention continues on Saturday. As such, we will move this week's Drinking Liberally gathering (5 PM every Friday) to the Lounge area of the Sheraton which is located next to the Convention Center. This will give Democrats from around the State the opportunity to join us and share their thoughts and good humor.

Join us and bring a friend.

And, don't let our name mislead you. We drink conservatively from 5:00 to 5:08, moderately 'til 5:15 and liberally to whenever. But, if you stay for karaoke, you may have stayed too long. And, as the Beer and Alcohol Companies encourage, we always drink responsibly.
Location: The "TapHouse 41", just west of Scheels on 41st St. in Sioux Falls.
When: 5:00 PM (almost) every Friday, Until: Whenever.
Hosts: Sheldon Osborn 376-6852, Mel Thaler, Wyatt Bordewyk, and other progressive people too numerous to mention.

Tonight, As Always, the "TapHouse 41"

I traveled to California last week and failed to get out an invitation for our weekly meeting. I am still in San Diego enjoying family and the beach but we meet as always at the "TapHouse 41" located just west of Scheels on 41st St. Enjoy. I am sure you can solve the problems of the world without me. Happy hour lasts 'till 6:00. It makes the evening very affordable.

In Trivia News: John won our Trivia contest May 11th and contributed a portion of his $80.00 winnings to the Billie Sutton for Governor Campaign leaving $20.00 in our Grand Prize pot. No one won our Trivia Contest on May 18th with the pot at $30.00 after the addition of our weekly $10.00 contribution. Last week's Prize increased to $40.00 and, assuming no one won after my temporary abdication to the Golden State, this week's prize stands at $50.00. It could all be yours or you could contribute your winnings to a campaign of your choice (including your own).

In Politics: I was just listening to Trump's press conference following his meeting with North Korea's spy master and, apparently, the meeting in Singapore will go forward on June 12th despite the lack of any agreement of substance. The Photo Op and the appearance of progress has become important to both Trump and that poor example of a millennial, North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un. "Mr. un" regularly kills his political rivals and holds tens of thousands of his people in political detention camps. Trump not only admires him wistfully but believes he can learn a lot about government from him and his supporters.

Here is our link below to this week's summary of national progressive news, political cartoons, and opinion:

http://www.directzine4dems.com/1031.htm

In South Dakota: The Republicans are having a primary election on June 6th and there is an Argus Leader/Keloland Poll out handicapping the races and measuring favorability ratings among Republican voters. Here is a link to the poll's results: http://www.keloland.com/news/politics/2018-sd-primary-poll

My summary of the poll: Republicans hate the Federal Government but love our State Government in Pierre. (Why not, they have controlled it continuously for 48 years.) They like Trump and Senator Thune equally and other Republicans not quite as much. Rural Republicans are worried about Trump's trade policies but those in Sioux Falls think he is doing fine. Dusty Johnson is beating Shantel Krebs proving it is a big advantage to have a Scandinavian name if you are a politician in South Dakota. The race for the Republican gubernatorial nomination between Kristi Noem and Marty Jackley is too close to call but I predict Jackley will win because his supporters, according to the poll, are older and better educated and more likely to vote on election day.

Join our merry crew and have a drink for me. I will be sitting on the beach in San Diego, watching the waves roll in and thinking of everyone back home.

Don't let our name mislead you. We drink conservatively from 5:00 to 5:08, moderately 'til 5:15 and liberally to whenever. But, if you stay for karaoke, you may have stayed too long. And, as the Beer and Alcohol Companies encourage, we always drink responsibly.
Location: The "TapHouse 41", just west of Scheels on 41st St. in Sioux Falls.
When: 5:00 PM (almost) every Friday, Until: Whenever.
Hosts: Sheldon Osborn 376-6852, Mel Thaler, Wyatt Bordewyk, and other progressive people too numerous to mention.

Drinking Liberally Tonight at the "41 TapHouse"

As always, we meet at the "TapHouse 41" located just west of Scheels on 41st St. Happy hour lasts 'til 6:00. It makes the evening very affordable.

In Trivia News: No one won our Trivia Contest $20.00 Grand Prize last week. Mark came close to claiming the prize, answering 7 of our 9 questions correctly. Perhaps you will win this week. With contributions from Elwyn and Pam this week's prize increases to $60.00. Thank you Elwyn and Pam. It could all be yours or you could contribute your winnings to a campaign of your choice (including your own).

In Politics: It just gets worse. doesn't it. The evil that is Trump is on full display, yet Republicans wallow in his venomous rhetoric. They cower before it, feint disapproval, tolerate it, and more and more they repeat it when it serves their purposes. The ambitious among them champion it, seeing no downside to the racism, xenophobia, and spiritual wasteland Trump represents. In enabling Trump the Republican Party has completed its transformation from the Party of Lincoln, the Party that freed the slaves almost 150 years ago and championed their inclusion into the mainstream of American life, into the Party of Trump, a Party of exclusion, greed, corruption, and contempt for those they oppose. They are in danger of espousing as policy the worst instincts of the Human spirit. And, as they complete their transformation from principled conservatism to Trumpism, we, as a country, are in danger of squandering our Nation's credibility and losing the role our Puritan forefather laid out for us 400 years ago as the "shining beacon on the hill" to the greed and utter selfishness of Donald Trump.

It is all enough to remind me of my Catholic unbringing and drive me to pray for our Country; pray that principled people in the Republican Party find a spine; pray for all of us. And, pray that we change course when we vote this November. Heaven help us all.

Here is our link below to this week's summary of national progressive news, political cartoons, and opinion:
http://www.directzine4dems.com/1028.htm

In Sioux Falls: Our mayor-elect, Paul Ten Haken, announced his transition team this week. True to the Republican operative he is, his team is filled with Republican partisans including Dave Munson and Gary Hanson, both former Mayors and Republican office holders. In Paul Ten Haken the powers-that-be in Sioux Falls can rest assured they will continue their choke hold on the citizens of our community. They can continue to spend public money to finance their entertainment complexes and subsidize their businesses. They can continue to push Sioux Falls as a haven for low wage jobs. And they can continue to enjoy their pampered lives at their country clubs and in their gated communities. To their mind they successfully co opted a Democratic Mayor and now they control our city with one of their own. For them, it is time to relax. All's right with the World, at least in Sioux Falls.

I need a Drink.

Join us at Drinking Liberally tonight.

And, don't let our name mislead you. We drink conservatively from 5:00 to 5:08, moderately 'til 5:15 and liberally to whenever. But, if you stay for karaoke, you may have stayed too long. And, as the Beer and Alcohol Companies encourage, we always drink responsibly.
Location: The "TapHouse 41", just west of Scheels on 41st St. in Sioux Falls.
When: 5:00 PM (almost) every Friday, Until: Whenever.
Hosts: Sheldon Osborn 376-6852, Mel Thaler, Wyatt Bordewyk, and other progressive people too numerous to mention.

Join Us Tonight at the "TapHouse 41"

As always, we meet at the "TapHouse 41" located just west of Scheels on 41st St. Happy hour lasts 'til 6:00. It makes the evening very affordable.

In Trivia News: No one won our Trivia Contest Grand Prize last week. This week's prize increases to $20.00. It could all be yours or you could contribute your winnings to a campaign of your choice (including your own).

In Politics: Internationally, with a national twist: Before he was indicted for lying to the FBI and other deceitful crimes and before he was Donald Trump's campaign manager, Paul Manafort was a political consultant to Vladimir Putin's handpicked Ukrainian strongman, Viktor Yanukovych. Manafort received at least $12.5 million for his work for Yanukovych. (for those interested in more detail about Manafort's work in Ukraine, here is a link to a Bloomberg article) https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2017-05-22/paul-manafort-s-lucra...
Since many in Ukraine considered the payments Manafort received from Yanukovych as stolen money, Ukrainian prosecutors have conducted agressive investigations into Manafort's work there. Until recently they had cooperated with Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller whose indictments of Manafort also related, in part, to Manafort's Ukrainian work. But the other day, Ukrainian cooperation with Mueller suddenly ended. It turns out that the Ukrainian Government had a long standing request for American missiles to combat Putin's ongoing military incursion into Eastern Ukraine. Hoping for better relations with Russia and Putin, Trump initially ignored Ukraine's request but he recently decided to allow Ukraine to get the missiles. Shortly thereafter, Ukraine's cooperation with Special Prosecutor Mueller's investigation into Paul Manafort stopped. Go figure. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/02/world/europe/ukraine-mueller-manafort...

Nationally, Trump just gets crazier and crazier and the Republicans, who could do something about him, do nothing.
Here is our link below to this week's summary of national progressive news, political cartoons, and opinion:
http://www.directzine4dems.com/1027.htm

In South Dakota: The South Dakota Democratic Party (SDDP) held its annual McGovern Day celebration on April 28th. The top ticket Democratic candidates, Gubernatorial candidate Billie Sutton and Congressional candidate Tim Bjorkman gave strong performances and both should do well this fall. It is an uphill battle for both but they give Democrats a real chance of winning both contests.

SDDP Chair, Ann Tornberg, touted her success recruiting Democratic candidates in a record number of South Dakota's legislative races, 103 of the 105 if I remember correctly. While this is an accomplishment of sorts, it papers over the decline in Democratic voter registration the SDDP continues to experience. As I noted in a previous invitation, for the first time in living memory Democratic voter registration fell below 30% of all South Dakota registered voters in March (29.9%). In April, the Republican registration advantage over Democrats increased by another 1657 voters, reducing the SDDP's share of the electorate by another 0.2% to 29.7%. When asked about the continued decline in Democratic voter registration, Ann and her staff pointed to a $50,000.00 grant the SDDP had just received from the Democratic National Party to conduct voter registration and Get Out The Vote among our Native American citizens. Native Americans have proven to be a solid Democratic constituency and they make up approximately 15% of South Dakota's total population. The $50,000.00 will prove helpful I am sure but I doubt it will stop the overall decline in Democratic voter registration. The grant is an expansion of a similar $10,000.00 grant the SDDP received last summer (2017) during which statewide Democratic voter registration declined 3.31%. (This decline was due in part to annual voter purges of inactive voters conducted by County Auditors.) By way of comparison, last summer Democratic voter registration declined by 4.8% and 3.7% respectively in Oglala Lakota and Todd counties, two counties with large Native Americans populations. During this same 2017 period, statewide Republican and Independent registration declined by 1.93% and 0.95%. Ann can spin all she wants but in the end the numbers and the voters tell the story.

In Sioux Falls: The hotly contested nonpartisan Mayoral election on May 1st wasn't so hot as the Republican candidate, Paul Ten Haken, defeated the Democratic candidate, Jolene Loetscher, by 24%, 62.7% to 37.3%.

In my humble opinion, Democratic candidates are on their own for the most part and the SDDP needs to do some serious soul searching. To quote myself, "It is time to make the Democratic Party, democratic."

Join us at Drinking Liberally tonight.

Don't let our name mislead you. We drink conservatively from 5:00 to 5:08, moderately 'til 5:15 and liberally to whenever. But, if you stay for karaoke, you may have stayed too long. And, as the Beer and Alcohol Companies encourage, we always drink responsibly.
Location: The "TapHouse 41", just west of Scheels on 41st St. in Sioux Falls.
When: 5:00 PM (almost) every Friday, Until: Whenever.
Hosts: Sheldon Osborn 376-6852, Mel Thaler, Wyatt Bordewyk, and other progressive people too numerous to mention.

As always, Drinking Liberally tonight. "TapHouse 41"

For some reason the Links below are not working today.

As always, we meet at the "TapHouse 41" located just west of Scheels on 41st St. Happy hour lasts 'til 6:00. It makes the evening very affordable.

In Trivia News: John Cunningham, a Democratic candidate for the Minnehaha County Commission this year, won our $80.00 Trivia Contest Grand Prize last week. John was appropriately excited about his win and contributed his winnings to his own campaign. We wish John well in his campaign and we hope he wins our Trivia Contest several more times before the November election. (John's prize included a $50.00 contribution to our Prize pool by Elwyn Beck. Thank you again Elwyn) This week's prize falls back to $10.00. It could all be yours or you could contribute your winnings to a campaign of your choice (including your own).

In Politics: Internationally, Trump is meeting with North Korea to push it toward denuclearization, while threatening to abrogate an agreement signed by France, Britain. Russia, China, Iran and us that stopped Iran's march toward a nuclear bomb. It makes no sense. Go figure.

Nationally, on her program tonight Rachel Maddow said it is OK to feel overwhelmed by news these days. A lot of important things are happening, norms being broken, the people abused. Will the rule of law prevail and our Democracy survive or will our politics become those of a banana republic. The Know Nothings are in charge right now. Only time will tell if their greed and selfishness overwhelms our nation's history of idealism and our sense of community and fairness which, in the past, have made our country a beacon of hope and a leader in the eyes of the World. World leader? Banana Republic? The 2018 midterm will tell the tale.

Here is our link below to this week's summary of national progressive news, political cartoons, and opinion:
http://www.directzine4dems.com/1026.htm

In South Dakota: The South Dakota Democratic Party (SDDP) meets in Sioux Falls this weekend to hold its annual McGovern Day celebration on April 28th. Perhaps they can deduce a plan to reverse the steep decline in Democratic voter registration in recent years. I am rooting for them. Here is a link to the agenda for McGovern Days from the SDDP's Web site: http://www.sddp.org/mcgovernday2018/

In Sioux Falls: We have a hotly contested Mayoral election on Tuesday, May 1st. The choice is clear. In the right corner, we have a Republican operative, political hack, right-wing Christian, and self promoting Businessman with the autocratic tendencies his background implies, Paul Ten Haken; in the left corner, we have former newscaster, community activist, successful advocate for strong Laws protecting children and families from sexual abuse, and Businesswoman, Jolene Loetscher. If you believe in people, Jolene is an easy choice. Unfortunately, Ten Haken, as a Republican political operative, has access to a lot of money. It is going to be close. Get out and vote for Jolene and encourage your family, friends, and neighbors to get out and vote for her too. Democratic and Progressive voters do not have a great history of participating in city elections. Make a special effort, if you have the time, to pull your friends and family to the polls. Don't let big money and the Chamber of Commerce choose our Mayor for us.

And join us at Drinking Liberally tonight.
Don't let our name mislead you. We drink conservatively from 5:00 to 5:08, moderately 'til 5:15 and liberally to whenever. But, if you stay for karaoke, you may have stayed too long. And, as the Beer and Alcohol Companies encourage, we always drink responsibly.
Location: The "TapHouse 41", just west of Scheels on 41st St. in Sioux Falls.
When: 5:00 PM (almost) every Friday, Until: Whenever.
Hosts: Sheldon Osborn 376-6852, Mel Thaler, Wyatt Bordewyk, and other progressive people too numerous to mention.

Join Us Tonight at the 41 TapHouse

As always, we meet at the "TapHouse 41" located just west of Scheels on 41st St. Happy hour lasts 'til 6:00. It makes the evening very affordable.

In Trivia News: No one won our Trivia Contest Grand Prize last week. This week's prize increases to $70.00. It could all be yours or you could contribute your winnings to a campaign of your choice.

In Politics: Internationally, we bombed Syria.

Nationally, it is so indescribably crazy I will not try to describe it. Click on our link below to this week's summary of national progressive news, political cartoons, and opinion where better writers than I am take a stab at making sense of the craziness:
http://www.directzine4dems.com/1025.htm

In South Dakota: The South Dakota Democratic Party (SDDP) meets in Sioux Falls next weekend to hold its annual McGovern Day celebration on April 28th. The SDDP has struggled to remain relevant in recent years. The Democratic Party has not won one statewide contest since Senator Tim Johnson and Representative Stephanie Herseth-Sandlin won reelection in 2008; it has been unable to muster a one-third minority vote in the South Dakota Legislature to block emergency legislation since 2010; and it has watched Democratic voter registration dwindle until it dropped below 30% this March for the first time since the State's Secretary of State started collecting Party registration numbers in 1970 when Democratic voter registration totaled 38%. https://sdsos.gov/elections-voting/election-resources/election-history/r...

With Billie Sutton running for Governor and Tim Bjorkman running for the US House, the Democratic Party has two attractive and well-qualified candidates. They should do well. They deserve the support of every Democrat and, if they can get their message out, they should be able to win the support of a majority of South Dakotans.

The SDDP has also had a banner year recruiting legislative candidates. Yet the SDDP still struggles and Democratic voter registration still declines. Inquiring minds would like to know why? Personally, I think the answer is simple. The South Dakota Democratic Party is not a democratic institution. Its governing document, its Constitution, gives inordinate power to Rural Counties over the fast growing urban centers of Rapid City, Sioux Falls and other cities in the state. Until very recently, when it made minor adjustments that favored larger Counties, each County in the State had the same number of votes at SDDP Central Committee meetings. Hyde county and its 217 Democrats had the same number of votes in deciding most Party matters as Minnehaha and its 37,626 Democrats. Needless to say such lopsided representation, which persists in a modified form, has made it difficult for the SDDP and its Candidates to craft messages that appeal to both urban and rural interests. Instead, the SDDP has maintain its past rural focus despite the decline in our rural population. For too long, the SDDP has confused geographic space with demographic density. In response, rather than participate in Party affairs, many Democrats have looked elsewhere for ways to express their political desires and influence their communities. Many others have simply dropped out and abandoned the Party to interest groups whose agendas sometimes trump electing Democrats. In my opinion, the SDDP will not be successful until it accepts the principle of one-person-one-vote and becomes a truly democratic institution. Here is a link to a series of maps which underline the still lopsided nature of the current SDDP.
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1k3txWSaqBGEip08WfhG3BbU2e9LFwqdw...

Back to Sioux Falls: I am voting for Jolene for Mayor. Please don't hold it against her.

Join us at Drinking Liberally tonight.
And don't let our name mislead you. We drink conservatively from 5:00 to 5:08, moderately 'til 5:15 and liberally to whenever. But, if you stay for karaoke, you may have stayed too long. And, as the Beer and Alcohol Companies encourage, we always drink responsibly.
Location: The "TapHouse 41", just west of Scheels on 41st St. in Sioux Falls.
When: 5:00 PM (almost) every Friday, Until: Whenever.
Hosts: Sheldon Osborn 376-6852, Mel Thaler, Wyatt Bordewyk, and other progressive people too numerous to mention.